Mathis Montabon Raises the Bar With a New Swiss made watch

Not long ago, watch manufacturer Mathis Montabon introduced a new model and raised the bar with this one: It’s entirely Swiss made, boasting an automatic calibre. The collection of Mathis Montabon is known for its variety; there are sober dress watches and ladies watches with zirconia-stubbed bezels, ones with partly skeletonized dials or analogue date displays.
But producing a completely Swiss made watch is a first for Mathis Montabon and a critically acclaimed one, too. So, let’s look at it.

The Mathis Montabon Elégance de Suisse presents itself as sober as a wristwatch can be. It is a simple three-hand-watch sporting also a date window. No frills, no experiments, no complications. We all appreciate complex watches with beautiful complications, but purism has its own charm. Mathis Montabon produces five different variations of the Elégance de Suisse – the complete silver coloured is the simplest. This model is also available with a black dial, whereas the black dial is also paired with two bi-coloured cases: stainless steel with gold and stainless steel with pink gold. The line also includes a complete golden version.

Nothing at the dial distracts from the time display. Hours, minutes and seconds are all displayed via central hands. The sunburst dial makes for a beautiful dynamic and the date window at 3 o’clock is framed. All that caters to a really good legibility, and the hands are filled with lume for ensuring legibility is also excellent in the dark.
The indices are argent or – depending on the version – golden, doubling at 12 o’clock. One of the most appealing details is the railroad minute track running around the outer rim of the dial, featuring Roman numerals. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal.

The Mathis Montabon Elégance de Suisse is powered by the Sellita SW 200-1, a Swiss automatic movement known for its reliable work. After being fully wound, it provides a power reserve of approximately 38 hours.
The calibre is housed in a stainless steel case measuring 42 mm in diameter. In the also stainless steel bracelets brushed elements alternate with polished ones, making for an appealing look.
The Elégance de Suisse is officially a men’s watch, but we can imagine, it might be also an attractive choice for many women. Especially with its moderate size.

Limited Edition: Zenith’s Newest Corporation

Mr. Porter, one of the online destinations for men’s style, has announced that it has partnered with Swiss watch manufacturer Zenith and British watch customiser Bamford Watch Department in creating a new watch. Co-creating a project and product of this nature is a first for all three partners in this undertaking. Mr. Bamford and his team worked alongside Zenith in the design of the watch, which was then entirely developed and produced in-house at Zenith’s Manufacture.

Based on the Zenith Heritage 146 model, the Chronomaster El Primero Mr. Porter takes cues from several of the brand’s historical design elements. These subtle touches include the tachymeter inspired by a 1971 El Primero, a red seconds hand, aesthetic reminders of a vintage chronograph case and centric sub-dial rings hark back to the old Zenith recorder tell-tales and motion detecting clock.
Its unique dial comes in the colour “Solar Blue”, also sporting a terrific colour gradient. The Chronomaster El Primero Mr. Porter comes with a central hour and minutes hand, as with a central chronograph seconds. At 9 o’clock you’ll find the running seconds, at 3 o’clock Zenith has placed the 30-minute-counter of the chronograph. No date window disturbs the beautiful synchronicity and balance of the dial.
The most distinctive feature – and our favourite by far – are the unusual minute-markers and the internal tachymeter scale. The latter makes for a clean, sleek bezel. Above the dial arches a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides.

The stainless steel case sports an universal diameter of 38 mm and is water-resistant up to 10 atm. The case back is transparent and engraved so the owner can observe the oscillating weight with Côtes de Genève motif.
The Chronomaster El Primero Mr. Porter is powered by the powerful calibre El Primero 4069. It works at a frequency of 5 Hz and provides a power reserve of at least 50 hours.

The Chronograph comes with a blue Alcantara strap featuring white stitching designed to complement the white dial markings.
Each of these 25 limited-edition watches will be exclusively available on Mr. Porter.

Sculptured, Enigmatic, Architectural: The New HYT

Sculpture gives mass meaning. The latest H20 from HYT looks to this visual art that operates in three dimensions to shed light on the essence of time. Viewed from any aspect, the sculpted timepiece unveils new angles on time, while colored and clear liquids keep its essential flow permanently present. Second by second, further layers of time are revealed, witnessed and anticipated.

The all-black color-scheme, right through to the coating of the movement’s bridges, intensifies the visual drama between mystery and transparency. This intrinsic interplay of time and space brings to life the core HYT belief that time is defined by content and context.
These timepieces represent the culmination of a quest to define and capture the essence of time. Its conclusion is clear: the time is now – always.

In these two new limited editions of the H20, the three-dimensional quality of the design acquires additional visual tension. A striking contrast between black diamond-like carbon coating and the doomed crystal hosting apparently floating digits. The whole presents an architectural entity, tempting the eye to take a new perspective on time – and watchmaking.
The skeletonized numerals ring features white lacquered interior and black indices. The minute hand as well as the HNR hand are equipped with Super-LumiNova. The stainless steel case combines polished an satin finished surfaces and features a diameter of 51 mm while measuring 19.95 mm in height. The case is water resistant up to 3 atm.

The blue (and red) liquid traces the path of time’s recent journey while replacing the clear liquid beyond the meniscus. The liquids are pushed through the capillary tubes by multi-layered metal bellows.
The patented fluidic module works in collaborates with a mechanical movement exclusively developed for HYT by APRP. Seamless transition between these two protagonists is assured by the conversion of rotation into linear motion via a cam-follower system. This calibre works at a frequency of 3 Hz and boasts a gigantic power reserve of 192 hours.

The HYT H20 comes with a black rubber bracelet. The watch is a limited edition of only 10 pieces, so if you really want one of these, you better hurry.

Bell & Ross Goes Formula One

Bell & Ross, the official partner of the Renault Sport Formula One Team, celebrates reopening the French Grand Prix with its first presentation of a Vintage model from the collections linked to the partnership.
This watch is an invitation to get behind the wheel of a racing car and experience the extreme sensation felt by the driver, for whom a watch is not only a tool, but also an ally at each and every moment of the race.
Linked by the values of high precision and excellence, the partnership between Bell & Ross and the Renault Sport Formula One Team is a continuous source of inspiration and motivation for the watch brand.

This Vintage BR V2-94 R.S.18 model immerses us in the world of motor racing adoption Formula 1 racing codes. It features a 41 mm case in satin-finished steel which is water-resistant up to 100 metres. It features a steel bezel with an anodised black aluminium ring with a tachymeter scale.

The BR V2-94 R.S.18 features a carbon fiber dial with applied numerals are filled with Super-LumiNova, so are the metal skeletonized hour and minute hands. This makes the watch extremely legible even in the dark.
Since the BR V2-94 R.S.18 is a chronograph, it shows hours, minutes and small seconds at 3 o’clock. The date window lies at 4.30 and wears a little red highlight. The 30-minute timer at 9 o’clock also comes with red highlights. The bright yellow central seconds hand belongs to the chronograph as well which matches the internal minute track.
The dial is protected by an ultra-curved sapphire with anti-reflective coating.

The wristwatch is powered by a Swiss-made automatic movement, the calibre BR-CAL.301.

The BR V2-94 R.S.18 is available with a micro-perforated calfskin strap with carbon fiber effect and yellow lining or a bracelet in satin-finished polished steel. To mark the return of Formula One to France, the BR V2-94 R.S.18 is featuring a black rubber strap stamped with the French flag during the French Grand Prix. This is a limited edition of 999 pieces.

Summer & Hublot: Blue Watches Never Looked Better

This Summer, Hublot added two new blue models to its collection: the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Capri, a tribute to the beautiful Italian Island and its four Faraglioni. And then there’s the Spirit of Big Bang Blue, which invites you to dream about sunnier climes. Nothing says summer like reminiscences of Italy and the Côte d’Azur.

 

Let’s take a look at the Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Capri first: The blue, matte ceramic case comes with a diameter of 45 mm. The eclectic, turquoise-blue color is inspired by the waters of the Gulf of Naples and is also used for the second hand which makes its rounds over a skeletonized dial. The case back depicts the Faraglioni. Behind it works the HUB 1155, a automatic movement which provides a power-reserve of 42 hours and works at a frequency of 4 Hz.
The Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Capri will be an ideal compagnon for all journeys southward as well as a beautiful accessory for that holiday look.
The Chronograph comes with a white rubber striped trap. It is a limited edition of only 30 pieces.

 

The Spirit of Big Bang Blue also captures summer at its best. This timepiece is a hommage to the distant horizon and the vivid colours of the sea. The iconic tonneau-shaped case of this watch is made from azure blue microblasted and polished ceramic. It measures 42 mm in diameter and is water-resistant up to 10 atm.
Blue and white accents on the dial round off the skeletonized dial. Inside, the HUB 4700, an automatic skeleton chronograph movement provides the necessary energy. It works at a frequency of 5 Hz and provides a 50-hour power-reserve, while being visible through the sapphire crystal back.
The Spirit of Big Bang Blue comes with a bracelet made from alligator leather, matching the exact hue of blue of the case. This watch is also a limited edition, but with 100 pieces.

News from TAG Heuer: Special Carbon Series in Black

TAG Heuer has introduced its newest and simultaneously most modern interpretation of its famous Aquaracer. The watches – three different versions overall – combine an urban look that combines comfort, durability and sportiness.
The first models of this ultra-light, hard-wearing and modern special series are the first of a collection, TAG Heuer will extend over the next months. The Carbon series also comes with the appropriate name: Aquaracer Carbone.

The dial boasts an imitation carbon effect. TAG Heuer offers the Aquaracer Cabone in three different versions, which are sporting accents in either blue, yellow or pink gold. But in these watches, black is clearly the dominating color which raises the issue of readabiltiy. But TAG Heuer didn’t skimp in terms of Super-LumiNova and yes, it’s deep grey in daylight. Which is pretty cool because it’s practically seamlessly blending into the background as long as it isn’t dark.
Over the dial lies a sapphire crystal, sporting an ingrained magnifier at the 3-o’clock position. These cyclops are always controversial and often crucial in terms of liking a timepiece or not. But that’s how it is, and may we say that the cyclops is integrating itself quite beautifully into the overall design of the Aquaracer Carbone.

The 41-mm-case is made from titanium with black PVD coating. Thanks to the random injection of carbon fibres into a resin pressed at high temperatures, each peace is unique, boasting an exclusive black and grey marbled motif. So, even if the case is not made from carbon, there is carbon in it – but I think we can all agree, the name might be a bit misleading.
Like one would expect from a diver’s watch, the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Carbone is water-resistant up to 30 atm.

The technical details are the same as in the Aquaracer, TAG Heuer has incarnated three years earlier. All models are powered by the Calibre 5. The automatic movement is working at a frequency of 4 Hz and provides a power reserve of approximately 38 hours. Since the case back is solid (also made from PVD coated titanium), the movement cannot be observed.

All three models are completed by black nylon straps with black, yellow or blue topstitching, matching the colored accents on the dials.

May We Introduce: Grant – MB&F’s New Machine

MB&F and L’Epée once more joined forces to introduce a new collaboration.Grant is a triple-tracked, Mad-Max-cross-Transformer robot clock on a mission. In today’s fast-paced, always-on, 24/7 world, we are under constant bombardement from time: seconds race by; there is never enough; everyone wants more; and it keeps getting faster and faster. Once, the nearest hour was precise enough – now our clocks are exact to a second. Who feels stressed, can relax: help is at hand, Grant is here.

Grant is a robot with a time display on his shield and a mission to slow things down when time runs too fast. That’s why MB&F has decided to refrain from flashing digital numbers or a constantly spinning second hand. This way, Grant transforms frantic chaos into relaxing hours and minutes, wich is really all, anyone really needs.

While Grant’s time moves relatively slow, he can travel quickly over rough terrain (or the messiest desk) on his three operational rubber tracks. Grant can also transform into one of three different modes: lying horizontally over his chassis for a low profile; crouching at 45 degrees; and sitting up 90 degrees. Grant’s time shield can always be set to a comfortable and optimal viewing angle.

Whatever the angle, Grant’s highly polished clockwork is on full display, and you can follow every click and turn of the gears. The mainspring barrel click near his “belly button” is particularly mesmerizing in operation. The isochronal oscillations of the regulator keeping time in Grant’s glass-domed “brain” are evidence of the clockwork’s high precision. Watching Grant “think” in real time is a stress-relieving activity in itself: Thus, Grant transforms time so that its observer can relax and enjoy it.
Grant’s 8-day, in-line manufacture movement features the same superlative fine finishing as found on the finest wristwatches: Geneva waves, anglage, polishing, sandblasting, plus circular and vertical satin finishing.

Grants Uhrwerk ist auf Hochglanz poliert und aus jedem Blickwinkel vollständig einsehbar, so dass man jedes Einrasten und Drehen der Zahnräder verfolgen kann. Besonders faszinierend ist es, die Sperre des Federhauses in der Nähe von Grants “Bauchnabel” in Aktion zu beobachten. Die isochronon Schwingungen des Gangreglers, der im “Gehirn” unter dem Glashelm die Zeit misst, zeugen von der hohen Präzision des Uhrwerks. Schon, wenn man Grant beim “Denken” in Echtzeit beobachtet, merkt man, wie der Stress abnimmt. Und so verwandelt der Roboter Zeit in solche, die entspannt genossen werden kann.

While he doesn’t look for fights, Grant believes offense is a great form of defense and packs appropriate weaponry. His left arm holds a “you-really-don’t-want-to-mess-with-me” spinning disk, while his right arm clasps a removable grenade launcher. And with the latter, he has a surprise up his sleeve: it is removable and doubles as a winding and time-setting key for his clockwork.
Grant is a lot of things, but small is not one of them. He measures 115 mm in height, 212 mm in width and 231 mm in length in the flat position. In the vertical position, Grant measures 166 mm in height, 212 mm in width and 238 mm in length. The contains 269 components and weighs 2.34 kilograms.

Grant is available in three limited editions of 50 pieces each in Nickel, Black, and Blue.

Autobahn: Nomos Glashütte in Pole Position

The newest addition to the collection of Nomos Glashütte, the Autobahn neomatik 41 date, was off to a flying start when introduced last spring. With its eclectic design, the watch not only generated a buzz, it was also nominated for the Red Dot Award – and won it in the end. It is the first big prize for this sporty automatic model – but not for Nomos Glashütte. Ten other models of the manufacturer are already honored with this esteemed prize which stands for innovative products with outstanding form, function, aesthetics and quality.
So let’s look at this new watch, which has – both aesthetically and technically – plenty to offer.

The curves of the dial and the sub-seconds entice the eye to explore this timepiece’s unfamiliar depths. The elongated date window at six o’clock is particularly easy to read, displaying three days at a glance. In addition, it is elegantly curved, integrating itself beautifully into the dial. The luminous ring of Super-LumiNova makes the Autobahn neomatik 41 date easily readable even at night. We also love the orange accents on the dial: the neomatik logo, the tip of the hour hand as well as the hand of the small seconds at 6 o’clock. The subdial of the latter is lowered very beautifully and ingeniously, creating more gentle curves and depth.

Within the slender yet robust stainless steel case, which boasts a diameter of 41 mm and a 10 atm water-resistance, ticks the second highly complex and highly precise neomatic caliber from Nomos Glashütte, this time with a date function: DUW 6101. Just like the first neomatik caliber, this one is ultra-slim – even with its self-winding mechanism and date function.
Along with the white silver-plated version, Autobahn neomatik 41 date also comes with dials in midnight blue and sports gray.

The Nomos Glashütte Autobahn neomatik 41 date is for everyone who loves clean lines, swift curves and perfectly executed surfaces. We are already convinced.

Time for Change with the New Bremont Waterman

Bremont adds a striking and technical dive watch to its collection, the Limited Edition Bremont Waterman. The mechanical chronometer follows an impressive line of marine predecessors which have built a reputation for durability and precision within the range. Bremont has worked closely with the world renowned free-diver, adventurer, big-wave surfer and ocean environmentalist, Mark Healey, in testing this new timepiece.
Limited to 300 pieces, the beautifully engineered new Bremont Waterman incorporates a GMT hand and features deep-blue applied indexes on the dial.

Waterman uses the core S500 watch architecture as chosen by multiple military units and explorers all over the world. The open Sapphire backed 500 m water resistant case, helium release valve, anti-shock vibration mount and scratch resistant sapphire uni-directional bezel make it a watch that can be tested to extremes.

The dial is neat and very readable. Hands and indexes are equipped with Super-LumiNova, making it easily readable in the dark. The blue and white theme makes for very a nice look. At 3 o’clock you’ll find a date window, and the forth hand, the red one), provides the second time zone, the GMT function.

The Waterman comes with a satin and polished stainless steel case which features an uni-directional rotating bezel like all dive watches. You’ll also find an automatic helium escape valve and a crown protector. The case is water resistant up to 50 atm, which makes it a serious tool, suitable for almost every dive.
Inside lies the modified calibre 11 1/4”’ BE-93-2AE, an automatic chronometer. This movement at a frequency of 4 Hz and provides a 42-hour power reserve. The modified and skeletonised rotor can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back; a rarity in dive watches.
The Bremont Waterman is completed by a rubber or kevlar strap, both blue, to accompany the colors used in the dial and bezel.

With more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic currently littering our oceans Bremont and Healey were keen to support a charity close to home for Mark with the release of its latest dive watch. A percentage of proceeds from all Bremont Waterman sales will go towards “Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii”. By doing so, the all-purpose Limited Edition diving watch hopes to add to the increasing awareness of the issues that our oceans are facing all over the globe.

Sinn 936: Ein elegantes Instrument

Watches, designed as serious tools and instruments, can also be elegant, and Sinn is here to prove it. Its new chronograph, the 936 is no exception of that rule. It is highly functional while sporting a cool bicompax arrangement of the counters.
The chronograph 936 is a reliable time measurement instrument equipped with Tegiment-Technology and Magnetic Field Protection, because that’s how Sinn doe it. The dial is designed to increase clarity and readability.

The in-house chronograph movement SZ05 focuses on the stopwatch minute display with 60-second scale at 3 o’clock and running seconds at 9 o’clock. The advantage of this is that it does away with the necessity of adding stopwatch minutes, as is required with conventional 30-second stopwatch minute displays. Optimum readability is also ensured in the dark, as the indices, hour and minute hands are coated in luminous white.
This Sinn chronograph boasts clear design aesthetics expressed through elegant details such as the skeletonised hour and minute hands – both of which are rhodium coated and matt brushed. The counter rings for the stopwatch minutes and seconds have an iridescent effect, caused by a fine cental groove. The dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

The Sinn 936 sports a stainless steel case which is partly polished, partly satinised. It measures 43 mm in diameter. The case back is screwed and the crown is also screwable which results in a water-resistance of 10 bar and a resistance to low pressure as well.

The 936 is powered, like mentioned before, by the in-house SZ05, a chronograph automatic movement. It works with 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour, is shock resistant and anti-magnetic.
The watch can be purchased with a leather or silicone strap as well as with a stainless steel bracelet. Prices vary from 2.890 bis 3165€.